When I was younger, I liked to think of myself as a patriotic individual. And it’s possible that, as a child, I didn’t fully understand what it meant to be a patriot. As a child, my room was decorated in red, white, and blue. I loved to read about American history. I loved the United States. I believed that the country was better than it probably was. And I believed that it could continually get better than it probably could be.
Maybe I was naïve. Maybe I never fully understood what being patriotic meant. I just knew that I loved being able to call myself an American.
I’m not that child anymore.
This afternoon, I’ve watched as a mass of extremists have decided to disrupt the flow of our representative republic. I’ve watched as a pompous windbag who was elected to the presidency four years ago lit the fuse of the powder keg that is his support base. I’ve watched as terrorists have stormed the United States Capitol building, entering the center of our federal government, and attempting to put a stop to the electoral process.
How has it come to this? I know that the president has continued to run his mouth at any given opportunity and one can never predict what he will say to rile up his supporters. But how is it possible that individuals have gained access to not only the Capitol building, but to the chamber in which our congressional representatives meet?
I have a tendency to hold my tongue when it comes to matters of politics. I have a tendency not to choose sides in a public way. I don’t like to write about these things on my blog. At least, not often. But the events of January 6, 2021 are unprecedented.
Donald Trump, you are a disgrace to the presidency of the United States. It really doesn’t matter what good you may have done for the American economy during your administration. History will remember you as a tyrant who incited terrorism in your supporters. You will be remembered as the worst president in the history of the United States. That’s what our children’s history books will teach about you.
You can’t stand on a stage and encourage a crowd of hundreds, maybe thousands, to violently protest the rule of law and then expect that violence to end because you send out a couple of tweets. Your extremist base are a little busy breaking into the nation’s capitol to check their Twitter feed for your latest update. At what point are your words and the actions they inspire considered treasonous?
These people who are “protesting” in Washington are terrorists. They are extremists. Please, ladies and gentlemen, do not lump these people in with the rest of the Republican party. Call them what they are: Trump extremists.
As I’ve said before, I’m don’t consider myself a Republican or a Democrat. But to consider all Republicans to be the same as these protesters is akin to Americans in 2001 considering all Muslims the same as Osama Bin Laden.
Can I point out a sad truth? These extremists, as I said above, have been allowed to access areas of the capitol building that civilians should not be able to access. What if these were Black Lives Matter protesters? How differently would the capitol police have responded today? I’m not saying… I’m just saying…
This is a sad day for the United States. My heart breaks. I am disgusted. I used to love singing along with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” and the lines, “I’m proud to be an American…” If I were to sing that line today, it would be a lie.